Philadelphia Lawmaker Releases Harsh Report On Charter Schools

Monday, March 25, 2013

Roebuck’s 41-page report, “Charter and Cyber Charter School Reform Update and Comprehensive Reform Legislation,” provides and update on the charter schools’ irregularities and also includes the Roebuck-authored House Bill 934, a comprehensive charter school reform legislation that will reorganize that system’s governance, financial reporting and accountability.

Overall, Roebuck’s legislation is aimed at recouping $365 million in overpayments made to the state’s charter school operators.

“These investigations and incidents are often reported only in dribs and drabs, and I feel it’s important for Pennsylvania families and taxpayers to have an overall picture. The Democratic Education Committee report is drawn from credible sources such as the Philadelphia City Controller, the Pennsylvania Auditor General and news media across the state,” said Roebuck, who serves as Democratic Chairman of the House Education Committee. “It shows investigations or problems at 44 charter and cyber charter schools, including the six schools covered in the state auditor general’s report last week and the school that had its charter revoked last week and is set to close in three months.

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